Gillian Anderson on Duchovny romance rumour: ‘There was no truth in that’

Actress denies that Mulder and Scully ever got together in real life

Gillian Anderson has scotched rumours that she and X-Files co-star David Duchovny enjoyed a secret romance.

Duchovny and Anderson played iconic duo Mulder and Scully on the sci-fi series between 1993 and 2002. More recently, they reprised their roles for a 2008 spin-off movie called The X-Files: I Want To Believe. This summer, it was reported that romance had finally blossomed and the pair were secretly dating.

When asked whether there was any truth to the rumour, Anderson told The Guardian: “You mean me and David [Duchovny], romantically? No, there wasn’t any truth in that. I was enjoying the ludicracy [sic] of it for a while, but then he started denying it publicly and so I lost all my enjoyment of it.”


However, Anderson admitted that she took the opportunity to rib Duchovny while it lasted, adding: “I emailed him at one point and said ‘You left the toilet seat up again’.”

Back in August (2012), Duchovny revealed that he wants to make another X-Files movie and insisted that Mulder and Scully don’t have a shelf life. He said at the time: “Those characters are forever searching. That’s what they do. Even if we’re not watching them, they’re out there, in some dimension.”

Earlier that month, longtime X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz had urged 20th Century Fox to get the ball rolling on another spin-off movie before “it’s too late”.